I got an email that said this:
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!! Send this to everyone you know - even if they don't have
children. Please get this message out!
WE MUST BE INFORMED!
NBBC Alert: Golden Compass "children's" movie
THE GOLDEN COMPASS, a new movie targeted at children, will be released December 7, 2007.
This movie is based on a the first book of a trilogy by atheist Philip Pullman. In the
final book a boy and girl kill God so they can do as they please. Pullman left little
doubt about his intentions when he said in a 2003 interview that "My books are about
The movie is a watered down version of the first book and is designed to be very
attractive in the hope unsuspecting parents will take their children to see the the movie
and that the children will want the books for Christmas or Hannukah.
The movie has a well known cast, including Nicole Kidman, Kevin Bacon, and Sam Elliott. It
will probably be advertised extensively, so it is crucial that we get the word out to warn
parents to avoid this movie.
You can research this for yourself. Start with this article (printed below) found on
Snopes.com, then go to Google.
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Claim: The 2007 film The Golden Compass is based on a series of books with
[Collected via e-mail, October 2007]
There will be a new Children's movie out in December called THE GOLDEN COMPASS. It is
written by Phillip Pullman, a proud athiest who belongs to secular humanist societies. He
hates C. S. Lewis's Chronical's of Narnia and has written a trilogy to show the other
side. The movie has been dumbed down to fool kids and their parents in the hope that they
will buy his trilogy where in the end the children kill God and everyone can do as they
please. Nicole Kidman stars in the movie so it will probably be advertised a lot. This is
just a friendly warning that you sure won't hear on the regular TV.
[Collected via e-mail, October 2007]
I don't just generally dismiss a movie or book just because someone 'says' it's meant
to be something else...but this is worth knowing if you plan to see it (or plan to take
"Hi! I just wanted to inform you what I just learned about a movie that is coming out
December 7, during the Christmas season, which is entitled THE GOLDEN COMPASS. It stars
Nicole Kidman and it is directed toward children. What is disturbing to me is that this
movie is based on the first of a trilogy of books for children called HIS DARK MATERIALS
written by Philip Pullman of England.
He's an atheist and his objective is to bash Christianity and promote atheism. I heard
that he has made remarks that he wants to kill God in the minds of children, and that's
what his books are all about. He despises C.S. Lewis and Narnia, etc. An article written
about him said "this is the most dangerous author in Britain" and that Pullman would be
the writer "the atheists would be praying for, if atheists prayed." Pullman said he
doesn't think it is possible that there is a God and he has great difficulty understanding
the words "spiritual" and "spirituality." What I thought was important to communicate is
what part of the agenda is for making this picture. This movie is a watered down version
of the first book, which is the least offensive of the three books. The second book of the
trilogy is THE SUBTLE KNIFE and the third book is THE AMBER SPYGLASS. Each book gets worse
and worse regarding Pullman's hatred of God. In the trilogy, a young girl becomes enmeshed
in an epic struggle against a nefarious Church known as the Magisterium. Another
character, an ex-nun, describes Christianity as "a very powerful and convincing mistake."
As I understand it, in the last book, a boy and girl are depicted representing Adam and
Eve and they kill God, who at times is called YAHWEH (which is definitely not Allah).
Since the movie would seem mild if you viewed it, that's been done on purpose.
They are hoping that unsuspecting parents will take their children to See the movie,
that they will enjoy the movie and then the children will want the books for Christmas.
That's the hook. Pullman says he wants the children to read the books and decide against
God and the kingdom of heaven.
If you decide that you do not want to support something like this, I suggest that you
boycott the movie and the books. I googled a synopsis of THE GOLDEN COMPASS. As I skimmed
it, I couldn't believe that in a children's book part of the story is about castration and
Origins: The Golden Compass, a fantasy film starring Nicole Kidman that is scheduled
to be released into theaters on 7 December 2007, has been drawing fire from concerned
Christians. The film is based on Northern Lights (released in the U.S. as The Golden
Compass), the first offering in Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy of children's
books, a series that follows the adventures of a streetwise girl who travels through
multiple worlds populated by witches, armor-plated bears, and sinister ecclesiastical
assassins to defeat the oppressive forces of a senile God.
Books of the trilogy have sold more than 15 million copies around the world, with
Northern Lights winning the Carnegie Medal for Children's Literature in 2005 and in 2007
being awarded the 'Carnegie of Carnegies' for the best children's book of the past 70
years. The Amber Spyglass, the final book of the series, won The Whitbread Prize in 2001,
making it the first children's book to do so.
The series' author, Phillip Pullman, is an avowed atheist who has averred that "I
don't profess any religion; I don't think it's possible that there is a God; I have the
greatest difficulty in understanding what is meant by the words 'spiritual' or
'spirituality.'" Critics of Pullman's books point to the strong anti-religion and anti-God
themes they incorporate, and although literary works are subject to a variety of
interpretations, Pullman left little doubt about his intentions when he said in a 2003
interview that "My books are about killing God." (Conservative British columnist Peter
Hitchens labeled Pullman "The Most Dangerous Author in Britain" and described him as the
writer "the atheists would have been praying for, if atheists prayed.")
Bill Donohue, president of The Catholic League, has condemned The Golden Compass as a
"pernicious" effort to indoctrinate children into anti-Christian beliefs and has produced
a 23-page pamphlet titled The Golden Compass: Unmasked in which he maintains that Pullman
"sells atheism for kids." Donohoe told interviewer John Gibson on 9 October 2007 why he
believes Christians should stay away from the film:
Look, the movie is based on the least offensive of the three books. And they have
dumbed down the worst elements in the movie because they don't want to make Christians
angry and they want to make money. Our concern is this, unsuspecting Christian parents may
want to take their kid to the movie, it opens up December 7th and say, this wasn't
troubling, then we'll buy the books. So the movie is the bait for the books which are
profoundly anti-Catholic and at the same time selling atheism.
Other critics, however, have described Pullman's works as being more generally
anti-religion rather than specifically anti-Christian or anti-Catholic:
In "His Dark Materials," Pullman's criticisms of organized religion come across as
anti-authoritarian and anti-ascetic rather than anti-doctrinal. (Jesus isn't mentioned in
any of the books, although Pullman has hinted that He might figure in a forthcoming
sequel, "The Book of Dust.") His fundamental objection is to ideological tyranny and the
rejection of this world in favor of an idealized afterlife, regardless of creed. As one of
the novel's pagan characters puts it, "Every church is the same: control, destroy,
obliterate every good feeling."
Last updated: 23 October 2007
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